Saturday, March 23, 2013

Saturday Snippets

A little weekend fare...:

1) Just discovered that David Wells' great "Prime Numbers: The Most Mysterious Figures In Math" book is available as a free download here:

This is a great resource on primes.

2) Listen to math writer Marcus du Sautoy briefly expound (less than 2 minutes) on why Andrew Wiles' proof of Fermat's Last Theorem is the "most important British innovation of the 20th century" here:

3) From the brief to the extended... tangential to math but too good not to pass along… the 2-hour "2013 Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate: The Existence of Nothing;" cosmology/philosophy discussion with 5 participants, Richard Gott, Jim Holt, Lawrence Krauss, Charles Seife and Eva Silverstein, moderated by Neil deGrasse Tyson (a real mix of ideas to chew on):

ADDENDUM: I now have an interview up with prolific writer Clifford Pickover over at the MathTango blog:

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